Streetsblog.Net Looks at Bike Rider’s Bill of Rights

(editor’s note: I more than understand that the whole point of Streetsblog.net is to help local transportation reform activists see what’s going on in other parts of the country.  Even so, it’s still weird for me to see a story on the Cyclists’ Bill of Rights on NYC Streetsblog.)

2634274379_a374cec9f0.jpgLooking for "the support of educated law enforcement" in LA.

Maybe it’s a Ray LaHood hangover, but today on the Streetsblog Network we’re keeping the focus on the positive call for change on the home front.

Leading the charge is a post from SoapboxLA on the Cyclists’ Bill of Rights recently voted on
in that city, where a booming cycling community is challenging LA’s
car-centric mindset on a daily basis. Soapbox highlights the third item
on the Bill, which addresses the need for police to understand and
uphold cyclists’ civil rights:

"Cyclists have the right to the full support of educated law enforcement."

In
all fairness to the sensitivities of our law enforcement partners, we
ain’t there yet! And until we get there, we should be working together
to make it happen…

Sure
we’re partners when we’re at City Hall or in a Committee meeting or
when there’s a press conference, but late at night, when the street is
dark, that’s when our Civil Rights get tested and that’s when cyclists
call for the support of educated law enforcement…

Los Angeles is
the second largest city in the country. We should be a Great City,
setting the standard for Civil Rights, but instead, LA looks for the
minimum and argues for mediocrity.

Inspiring stuff. There’s more good news from Transit Miami, which celebrates a year of growth for cycling awareness and infrastructure (even if the mainstream media wants to ignore it

  • Quite an honor to get a nod from our friends in NY. I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the picture was taken by Alex Thompson (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexbct/page103) co-author of the Cyclists’ Bill of Rights and a formidable warrior from the Bike Writers Collective.

  • Sarah_Goodyear

    I added the photo credit on the New York site…terrific picture. Keep up the good work out there in Cali!

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